Above: David Rakoff performing at The Post-it Note Reading Series
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The origin of Post-it Note Diaries starts a few years ago when I was working at painfully boring office. I was hired to design banner ads and supermarket coupons but the company was over-staffed so I spent most of my time pretending to be busy. To fend off the boredom, I started covertly writing stories in Microsoft Excel documents and illustrating them on Post-its. I found 3 inch yellow pads of Post-its to be perfect little sketchbooks and I could swipe hundreds of them at a time from the supply closet without anyone noticing. Eventually I started reading these work stories in public -- at bars, bookstores and art galleries. To accompany my performances I projected a slideshow of my Post-it Note drawings behind me. It was a little like narrating a comic one panel at a time or presenting a hand drawn lecture. Months later my friend Starlee Kine and I took that format and expanded it into the Post-it Note Reading Series. Each show was an experiment, where both established authors and non-writers could present stories over a backdrop of my Post-it drawings. Post-it Note Diaries is an extension of the Reading Series. It features some stories that are old favorites and some new work by some of my favorite writers and performers. Admittedly it's a book that's hard to explain-- part non fiction anthology, part graphic memior-- but it's easy to figure out once you open it. To best understand exactly what Post-it Note Diaries is, read the first chapter by humorist John Hodgman or view the trailer on the page above and everything should start to make sense.
-- Arthur Jones editor & illustrator
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